By Shamindra Ferdinando
Alleging that the Attorney General Department and the Criminal Investigation Department had unduly interfered in some high profile cases handled by him, former Chief Colombo Magistrate Thilina Gamage, on Wednesday (4), told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (P CoI) inquiring into cases of political victimisation, the British High Commission had intervened in the Navy abductions case.
The Commission consists of retired Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyratne, retired Court of Appeal Judge Daya Chandrasiri Jayatilake and one-time IGP Chandra Fernando.
The interdicted Magistrate said that he had received unsolicited advice from the British High Commissioner in Colombo by way of a letter as regards a particular case before him.
Gamage was referring to the case regarding the alleged Navy involvement in some wartime abductions in Colombo and its suburbs.
Among those indicted in connection with 11 abductions are wartime Navy Chief the then Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and the then Navy Spokesman Captain D. K. P. Dassanayake.
Gamage has been indicted in the High Court over the illegal possession of an elephant calf named ‘Sakura.’